The Impact of Renewable Energy in Southern Economies Webinar
Renewable energy accounted for nearly half of all new power generation capacity installed in the United States in 2012, according to the U.S. Energy Administration. That new capacity generated about 13,000 megawatts and created about 110,000 new jobs in 2012 alone.
The influence of green energy on the power industry and the national, regional and state economies is growing. Several Southern states—including Georgia, Tennessee and Texas—are leaders in this effort.
Since renewable energy projects rely on upfront capital investment and/or tax incentives, private-public partnerships remain an integral part of their development. As the technology for renewable energy projects continues to improve, companies are expressing greater interest in the long-term economic benefits of moving in this direction. Correspondingly, state and local governments have a vested interest in new ways to help create jobs and sustain economies.
This webinar explored recent advances made by Southern states, ways in which public and private entities have worked together to promote renewable energy projects and examples of successful renewable energy projects in the region, as well as insights on some of the economic dynamics on the Southern landscape.
Renewable Energy Manager, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
Project Development Manager, Silicon Ranch Corporation
GIS Coordinator/Research Analyst, Oklahoma House of Representatives